While making your epicurean travels through the metropolitan hubs and back roads of Japan, you are likely to find yourself with a pair of bamboo chopsticks in hand. Whether dining in upscale eateries or hole-in-the-wall ramen shops, we invite you to add a dash of charm when dining out with chopstick wrapper origami. Keep reading below to learn how to make a graceful swan or try your hand at the grandeur of Mount Fuji or a whimsical boat.
How to Make an Origami Chopstick Wrapper Swan
Note: If the chopstick wrapper has color printed only on one side, begin folding with the white side facing you.
Fold the chopstick wrapper in half lengthwise. Unfold.
Using the crease from Step 1 as a reference, fold both sides down so that the top edge of the chopstick wrapper meets in the center.
Fold the left and right sides in toward the center from the top point. The creases made in Step 2 should meet in the center.
Fold down the top point using the triangle on the backside as a reference. Unfold.
Using the crease from Step 4 as a reference, fold three creases in the bottom half to create four equally divided sections.
Fold four more creases to divide each of the four sections created in Step 5 in half.
Using the creases made in Steps 5 and 6, collapse the bottom half of the chopstick wrapper so that it looks like an accordion (or a paper fan).
Fold the model in half so that the accordion creases touch.
Step 8 completed.
Lock the accordion creases made in Step 7 by overlapping one crease over the other.
Form the head by folding the top point down. (This is an outside reverse fold.)
Step 10 completed.
Adjust the body by carefully fanning the accordion creases. (Be sure to not unlock Step 9.)
Your Chopstick Wrapper Origami Swan is Complete